Projects

Agricultural BioGas CoGeneration CHP

VIRTUAL Engineers performed detailed engineering study (DES) as per saveONenergy renewable energy approval (REA) for a 1200 kW CHP system using BioGas at a large Greenhouse Facility. The DES involved a Bi-fuel /Biogas/Natural Gas internal combustion engine (ICE), BioGas/Natural Gas/Microturbine and Steam Turbine. VIRTUAL simulated biogas production from a gasifier and resulted in a design…

350kW Solar PV System

VIRTUAL Engineers provided the Independent engineer inspection/certification and LDC Commissioning for completed installation of 350 kW solar PV system for the Real Canadian Superstore located at 50—1063 Talbot St. E. in St. Thomas, Ontario.

CCHP System

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) was looking into the possibility of implementing Combined Cooling, Heat and Power (CCHP) technology, also known as Tri-generation, at three Public Schools: George Peck Public School (39,285 sq. ft.), Vradenberg Junior Public School (33,424 sq. ft.) and Harwood Public School (39,986 sw. Ft.). VIRTUAL investigated the feasibilities for implementing…

Co-Generation System at a Food Processing Facility

Our client’s overall objective was to reduce and control the cost of electricity across its Jamaican operations and facilities. VIRTUAL was commissioned to perform an Electricity Cost Reduction Study for a food processing facility in Kingston 11, Jamaica, to identify major electricity cost reduction opportunities. The facility produces ketchup, canned beans, and bottled beverages. VIRTUAL reviewed…

CHP System for Condominiums

The project involved installation of a 65 kW Integrated Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Microturbine generator in the two condominium buildings: A 22 storey Condominium and a seven (7) storey Condominium The Microturbines generate power by the combustion of natural gas, the resultant waste heat is utilized for beneficial heating purposes thus maximizing the efficiency…

Co-Gen System at Jewel Resorts

Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa The Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa at Mammee Bay in Ocho Rios, Jamaica set a goal to achieve environmentally friendly tourism and to reduce energy costs.  VIRTUAL performed an energy analysis to determine the electrical loads, thermal loads, cooling loads at the facility.  We identified that…

Kingsview Village Retrofit & Renovations

Kingsview Village Seventh Day Adventist Church is located at 70 Kingsview Blvd., in Etobicoke, Ontario.  The building was constructed in the 1960s.  The Church was experiencing heating and cooling issues, mainly temperature discomfort for the occupants, and it was receiving high energy bills.  VIRTUAL was retained in 2007 to conduct a study of the HVAC…

McMichael Condensing Unit

VIRTUAL Engineers provided turn-key services for the design and replacement of the condensing unit at McMichael Canadian Art Collection located at 10365 Islington Avenue in Kleinburg, Ontario. The primary source of heating and cooling throughout the MCAC gallery is a closed loop heat pump system.  The temperature of the loop is maintained by a hot…

500 kW Solar PV System

VIRTUAL Engineers was commissioned by Avacos Clean Energy to perform LDC Commissioning Verification and Independent Engineer’s Certification for a roof mounted 500 kW Solar PV installation at Gracious Living located in Vaughan, Ontario. The purpose of the inspection was to certify that the Connection Point of the facility was at the location specified on the…

Toronto Zoo Cooling Tower

The Toronto Zoo’s Education Building is heated and cooled by water-to-air heat pumps.  In the summer, the heat removed from space is rejected to the atmosphere through a cooling tower.  The existing cooling tower was a BAC fluid cooler and was the original one installed to the building.  Although the cooling tower was operational, the…

Jamaica Orphanage Solar PV System

October 9, 2012, Markham, ON: This year, many Canadians are planning to visit the popular vacation spot of Jamaica for the holiday season, but only a few will get to see the brightest spot beyond the beach. R. Anthony Warner – entrepreneur and president of the consulting engineering firm VIRTUAL Engineers and the solar &…

Pathway Communications Data Centre

Pathway Communications is a Canadian company offering integrated Internet solutions to businesses and residential customers. The building is located in Markham, Ontario, and has approximately 12,000 sq. ft. of covered area on the ground floor and another 12,000 sq. ft. of office space on the second floor. It was proposed that 7,400 sq. Ft. of…

650 kW Roof Top Solar Generation Facility

Location: Midland, Ontario The 652 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system is comprised of 2717 PV modules and was installed on the roof of an existing 320,000 square feet, single storey, industrial building and was connected to the grid. VIRTUAL Engineers was retained by AGT Solar to undertake a structural review of the roof and supporting…

Wind Turbine

Wind Turbines are a source of reneawable energy with a demand for engineering expertise to help get projects off the ground. In June of 2009, VIRTUAL Engineers was chosen to design 6 metre, 9 metre, and 12 metre mast 6kW wind turbine towers for Bristol Machine Works. VIRTUAL designed the foundation detail for the tower…

Retrofit of City of Oshawa Owned Facilities

In January 2010, an Energy and Building Improvement Study was conducted on the following City of Oshawa’s owned facilities: Legends Centre South Oshawa Community Centre Donevan Recreation Complex Centennial Pool Northview Community Centre Arts Resource Centre Fire Hall #1 Fire Hall #2 Fire Hall #3 Fire Hall #4 Fire Hall #5 The study determined that…

J&K Die Casting

Location: Scarborough, Ontario J&K Die Casting cast non-ferrous metals (die casting/zinc alloys) and manufacture them into finished products. Since J&K Die Casting’s operations discharge emissions into the natural environment they required approval from the Ministry of the Environment (MOE). VIRTUAL provided professional engineering services to ensure all existing air emission exhaust equipment/systems installed comply with…

Pratt & Whitney Canada Fuel Pipe Network Upgrade

Location: Mississauga, Ontario Pratt & Whitney Canada upgraded the fuel pipe network at its aircraft engine test facility in Mississauga, Ontario. This upgrade involved the conversion of an underground fuel piping system connecting a tank farm to test cells to an aboveground stainless steel fuel pipe network. VIRTUAL provided the process mechanical and civil design…

NTN Bearing Mfg Canada Ltd. Facility

Location: Mississauga, Ontario This project involved the addition of 114,000 sq. ft. to an existing building (total 285,000 ft2) in order to house 14 new bearing manufacturing lines. VIRTUAL, as part of a Design-Build joint venture with a general contractor, provided Architectural, Civil/Structural, Process Mechanical, HVAC, and Electrical design, inspection and construction support services. VIRTUAL…

Ennis Paint Manufacturing Plant

Location: Pickering, Ontario VIRTUAL provided professional engineering services for their new paint manufacturing facility located in Pickering, Ontario. The existing building required retrofitting to include 2 outdoor silos that were to be pneumatically conveyed to receiving hoppers mounted above the roof, an outdoor tank farm that will hold 6 solvent tanks, 3 outdoor resin tanks…

Regional Municipality of Peel and Peel Living Buildings

Location: Brampton, Ontario HVAC Retrofit: Detailed assessment of the existing installation and evaluated the feasibility of installing preheat coils to improve energy efficiency. Prepared the mechanical design specifications and drawings for the humidifiers and air cooling coils that included working with vendors to evaluate the special requirements to replace the large cooling coils located in…

Town of Parry Sound Water Pollution Control Plant

VIRTUAL Engineers provided full engineering design and construction support services for the rehabilitation of the Parry Sound Water Pollution Control Plant, which included the following: Construction of new influent works building, including masonry superstructure with cast-in-place reinforced concrete roof slab, foundation and floor and rock excavation. Supply and installation of equipment including automatic bar screen…

Xstrata Nickel’s Strathcona Mill

Location: Onaping, Ontario Xstrata Nickel’s operations consist of 2 mines, a mill, and a smelter. The metals produced are nickel, copper, cobalt, and precious metals. The Strathcona mill receives ore from the mines and produces a nickel-copper concentrate stream that goes for smelting and a copper concentrate stream that goes for smelting and refining. Products…

Goldcorp’s Red Lake Gold Mine

Location: Red Lake, Ontario Goldcorp Inc. was undergoing an expansion project that required a new shaft to increase hoisting capacity, reduce time to access the workplaces, and provide significant cost savings leading towards increased production. With the results from Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling, VIRTUAL designed the Return Air Rise (RAR) system for the gold…